New Learning Playscape Announced for Harrison Bay State Park

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has announced plans for a learning playscape, a new year-round outdoor recreation feature, at Harrison Bay State Park.

The nature-based playscape will combine the fun of a play area with the opportunity to learn and appreciate the outdoors and natural environment. Research shows that children thrive on many levels when they are provided outdoor education. Harrison Bay State Park’s playscape will help children connect with nature with a hands-on experience.

“We always look for the best ways to serve our parks visitors, and we are excited about this feature at Harrison Bay State Park,” said Greer Tidwell, TDEC’s deputy commissioner for Conservation. “The playscape will be available throughout the year, and we look forward to having families enjoy this new asset.”

Work is expected to begin this year on the site, including equipment, surfacing, and ADA-compliant design. The project has been approved by the State Building Commission and will replace a swimming pool at the site. The pool closure was announced in December 2021. Harrison Bay State Park will continue to offer lake swimming opportunities.

Tennessee State Parks officials held a public meeting at the park to discuss ideas for recreation proposals for the park, its mission, and its community. Park management and staff also contributed their input.

Tennessee State Parks determined that investing funds into a desired and fiscally responsible outdoor recreation feature for use year-round is the best path to maximize the park’s benefit to the community and the investments made on behalf of taxpayers.

Harrison Bay State Park is a 1,200-acre park with approximately 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline and was developed as a Tennessee Valley Authority recreation area in the 1930s.